Apparently, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the “legendary” band The Grateful Dead. (What, you didn’t know?) And to commemorate this sacred occasion, Philadelphia radio station WXPN is offering 24 hours of the Grateful Dead. They’re calling it the Day of the Dead. (Creative!) And they even have a hashtag: #XPNDeadDay. All of which has us ready to puke. Read more »
Philly music fans packed into Wiggins Park and, later that night, the Susquehanna Bank Center, for XPoNential Festival‘s Saturday lineup. We caught performances by longtime XPN favorite Ingrid Michaelson, Bayou blues rockers C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, and Ryan Adams, among others.
The festivities continued Sunday with performances by Nicole Atkins, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, and Man Man at Wiggins Park. Later, the Susquehanna Bank Center filled up for local band The Districts, and Beck, who could be XPoNential Festival‘s best closing act to date.
Get your calendars ready: The University of Pennsylvania’s radio station WXPN is hosting an inaugural 5K run this fall, with a post-race dance party at World Cafe Live.
It’s happening on October 5th over at Penn Park. The timed race benefits the station’s Musicians On Call program, which places volunteer musicians in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the region to bring music, room to room, to patients. Those same performers will be out on race day, performing acoustic sets along the course, providing a pretty neat soundtrack as you run.
KindieComm is a convention for artists in the family music genre that will help aspiring “Kindie” (kids indie) musicians network with and learn from some big names in the biz. Rookies and veterans of the industry are excited to see a comeback for the event after the Brooklyn version fell apart.
The two-hour documentary — narrated by Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble — takes a look at the legacy of Philly Soul Radio, a medium that, according Mighty Writers Executive Director Tim Whitaker, broke ground by “playing records the white stations wouldn’t. … The stations [these disc jockeys] worked for — WDAS, in particular — routinely covered news and events the mainstream media ignored.”